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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. III. The Eighteenth Century: Addison to Blake
Extracts from Poetical Sketches: Song: ‘How sweet I roamed from field to field’
By William Blake (1757–1827)
HOW sweet I roamed from field to field,
  And tasted all the summer’s pride;
Till I the Prince of Love beheld,
  Who in the sunny beams did glide.
He showed me lilies for my hair,        5
  And blushing roses for my brow;
And led me through his gardens fair,
  Where all his golden pleasures grow.
With sweet May-dews my wings were wet,
  And Phœbus fired my vocal rage;        10
He caught me in his silken net,
  And shut me in his golden cage.
He loves to sit and hear me sing,
  Then laughing sports and plays with me,
Then stretches out my golden wing,        15
  And mocks my loss of liberty.

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